There are 6 ways to get from Cardiff to Swansea by train, bus, rideshare, taxi, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  53 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Swansea

$18 - $45

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 5 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea 42.2 miles

$5 - $7

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Bus  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station) 201 / ...

$5 - $14

Taxi  •  46 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  46 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$9 - $13

Uber  •  46 min

  1. Take an Uber from Cardiff to Swansea 42 miles

$85 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to rideshare which costs £4 - £5 and takes 1 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Swansea is to taxi which costs £110 - £140 and takes 46 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Swansea is 34 miles. The road distance is 42 miles.

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The train from Cardiff Central to Swansea takes 53 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station) station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Swansea. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 53 min.

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The nearest airport to Swansea is Cardiff (CWL) Airport which is 30.3 miles away. Other nearby airports include Bristol (BRS) (55.7 miles), Birmingham (BHX) (110.8 miles), Southampton (SOU) (121.5 miles) and Liverpool (LPL) (127.9 miles).

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Swansea.
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  • Distance: 34.4 miles
  • Duration: 53 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Swansea, Wales?

Great Western Railway operates a train from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $24 - $45 and the journey takes 53 min. Arriva Trains Wales also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Cardiff to Swansea hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Swansea
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$15 - $23
Advanced Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $45
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Swansea
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $28
First Anytime Day Single
$28 - $45
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Cardiff, Customhouse Street (Old Customhouse) to Swansea, Bus Station (Swansea Bus Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
natgroup.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Uber Cardiff
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$85 - $120
UberX
$85 - $120
Exec
$110 - $150
UberXL
$120 - $170
Taxi from Cardiff to Swansea
Ave. Duration
46 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Cardiff Taxis and Executive Hire
Phone
+44 29 2199 2200
Website
cardifftaxis.com
Cardiff Cabs
Phone
+44 29 2090 9090
Website
cardiffcabs.com

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